In an interview to AS Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni commented on his nephew's 12th French Open title. "For him it's a very important match in the attempt to overcome Federer. It's not easy, but by winning it he gets closer by two, although winning a Grand Slam is tougher every year.
I do not believe he thinks about it when he plays. My desire was always to make him becoming a great player. I give him suggestions, buy like uncle and former coach." "Winning 12 French Opens is crazy. I grew up watching how Bjorn Borg won six titles and that seemed incredible to me.
He doubled the Swede. That's not a very normal thing and it means he has been at a crazy level. They are 83 matches and he reached the final 12 times." Rafael played inside the court against David Goffin and Juan Ignacio Londero and he played pretty well.
With Goffin he lost a set, but he always had things under control and had a good game level. From Rome he was at a big level. He defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic. His run was very good." Before the match against Dominic Thiem, Jim Courier had said: "I think there is certainly some damage done there.
It is not as good as if he had won on Friday and had a full day to recover. And when you go up against Nadal, who demands more out of anyone on this surface over five sets physically against him, you want a full tank of gas.
I don’t think Thiem will have it but he is a very strong man physically, he is a very strong man mentally. I think he is going to be better prepared to manage the situation than he was this time last year when he went out and tried to outpour Nadal and beat himself with a lot of errors.
He won’t know and we won’t know until we see how he’s moving about in the first set. But there’s no doubt Nadal has a big advantage given the way it has played out."